Seed giving grasses
A Small Plant with a Big Impact!
Native grasses play an important role in many habitats and they can in backyards too. Native grasses provide shelter from predators for many small creatures like finches and skinks, attract insects for other creatures to eat, and provide food in the form of seeds for many birds and other buddies.
Plant some native grasses under trees, shrubs and plants, and in empty areas of your backyard. If you do, you will soon be seeing plenty more butterflies, birds, skinks and other creatures.
Plants which are native to one area of Australia can be a weed if planted somewhere else. It's a good idea to check with your local council or native nursery to find out what plants are locally native before making any grand plans for your garden or backyard.
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Some good seed giving grasses include:
- Common Wallaby Grass - Danthonia tenuior. This grass will attract finches and other seed-eating birds like rosellas and some parrots. It lives in: Western Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, and South Australia.
- Wallaby Grass - Danthonia caespitosa. This grass will attract finches and other seed-eating birds like rosellas and some parrots. It also attracts skinks, and wombats will munch on it too if you have any near you!
- Weeping Grass also known as Meadow Rice Grass - Microlaena stipoides. This grass provides food for the larvae of many different kinds of butterflies. It will also feed small seed-eating birds such as the Turquoise Parrot. It lives in: eastern Queensland, eastern New South Wales, eastern & southern Victoria, Tasmania, south-eastern South Australia, and south western Western Australia.
- Tussock Grass - Poa labillardieri. This grass provides food for butterflies and seed-eating birds, as well as the occasional kangaroo or wallaby. It lives in: Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania, and South Australia.
- Kangaroo Grass - Themeda australis. This grass provides food and a place to lay eggs for many butterflies. It also feeds seed-eating birds, such as finches and parrots, including the Ground Parrot. It is widespread across Australia.